The very first reference in the Scriptures to the sacred seasons and feasts of the Almighty was made on the fourth day of creation: that is, before mankind had even entered the picture.
|Genesis 1:14||"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night: and let them be for SIGNS, and for SEASONS, and for DAYS, and YEARS. "|
The capitalized words in this verse are extremely meaningful; because they link the creation of the sun, moon and stars with the sacred seasons and feast days of the Creator. Using Strong's dictionary a close look at those words reveals that:
Yahweh's solemn festivals, in other words, are part of the Plan of
Salvation; for they not only prefigure the seven major events in His plan,
but they specifically identify the appointed times WHEN those mighty events
are scheduled to take place.
|Genesis 1:14||"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years."|
The commandments concerning the Feasts of Yahweh are found in the following
passages: Exodus 12:14-24, Exodus 13:5-16, Leviticus 23 - the whole chapter
but note carefully verses 14, 21, 31 and 41.
Space does not allow us to quote all these verses, but let us look at one or two
and refer to Strong's dictionary in order to appreciate the kind of
language Yahweh used when giving His Feast Day commandments. The verse I have
have selected is in the book of Exodus, but the other verses mentioned above are just as meaningful because they use similar or identical terms.
|Exodus 12:14||"And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations, ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance FOREVER."|
So do not let anyone confuse you by saying that the Feast Days of the Almighty God of Israel have been done away with: because they haven't. All who make such wild and totally irresponsible claims - and you will hear them - are insulting the intelligience and ability of the Most High to formulate His own laws; and it is unthinkable that He who knows the end from the beginning would have used such enduring language, terms such as 'for ever and ever,' 'perpetual' and 'from generation to generation,' if all along His plan was to do away with the Feasts at Calvary. The very idea borders on blasphemy and is only being given this coverage because of the untold damage that false doctrine is causing in the ranks of the Christian church.
The Plain Truth is this: That as the supreme Judge and Advocate in the law court of Heaven, Yahweh knew perfectly well what He was saying when He commanded that His solemn festivals were to be celebrated for ever, from age to age, for ALL TIME!.
Further confirmation of this fact will be given later where you will see that in the coming millennial age, and in the age after that (on the new earth) the redeemed host of mankind will celebrate the Feast Days of the Almighty with great gladness and respect.
This multiple slaughter of innocent victims was, bear in mind, carried out by the Almighty's command. "What was the purpose of all this killing on the Feast Days?" you may well ask. "Wasn't the sacrifice of one lamb at the Passover enough to illustrate the innocence of the Saviour?" or "What was the point in slaying some 200 animals at the Feast of Tabernacles when Christ - to whom all the sacrifices pointed - was slain at the Passover some six months earlier?"
The answer, briefly, is this: that whereas the sacrificial lamb symbolized the innocence of Yeshua (Jesus) the Lamb of God; the multiplied slaughter of victims - the sheer number of animals - prefigured in mathematical terms the manifold results the single sacrifice of the Saviour would bring about at certain appointed times in the great Plan of Salvation. For it is a fact that numbers describe the magnitude, the capacity, the value and the overall results of an achievement far more accurately and meaningfully than all the adjectives in the dictionary. Thus the significance of Yahweh's Feast Days are also numerically described by the massive number of sacrifices made upon them as days of supreme importance when the Almighty's greatest achievements will be made manifest to the whole universe.
|1 Kings 12:27||"If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at
Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again to their
lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and
go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. |
28. Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold, thy Gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the Land of Egypt.
29. And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan. 30. And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
31. And he made a house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not the sons of Levi.
32. And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Beth-el, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Beth-el the priests of the high places which he has made.
33. So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Beth-el the fifteenth day of the eight month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, the burnt incense."
Why was Jeroboam's sin so grievous? Because by it, with one master-stoke, he allowed Satan to sever the nation's main spiritual link with Yahweh's appointed Sabbaths and form of worship. The sacred feasts were times for spiritual instruction and revival, when the men and families of Israel gathered in Jerusalem to learn of the Almighty and His requirements. (Exodus 34:23) Jeroboam's bogus feasts and substitute form of worship at Bethel broke that spiritual link and like a rudderless ship the nation of Israel began to drift away from the Creator.
The results were appalling, for very soon millions of Israelites completely
lost their spiritual bearings and adopted the basest forms of paganism.
Many were the calls to repentance, but the sin of Jeroboam son of Nebat (the
sin of using substitute forms of worship on unsanctified festivals) was not
given up. As a result the Almighty carried out His predicted threats given
through His servants the prophets and handed the people of Israel over to their
enemies. After a series of devastating defeats they were deported from the
Promised Land and sold like cattle in the markets of the Middle East.
|2 Kings 17:20||"And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them,
and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until He had cast them
out of His sight. |
21. For He rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the Lord, and made them sin a great sin.
22. For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them.
23. Until the Lord removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day."
Hundreds of years earlier the prophet Moses had foretold Israel's
scattering and deportation if they forsook the commandments of God and here
it was happening exactly as foretold.
|Deuteronomy 28:64||"And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other Gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone."|
At this very moment the whole of Christendom is steadily - yea almost imperceptibly - splitting into two distinct camps: